"My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Urine facts

"My Favorite Museum Exhibit" is a series of posts aimed at giving BoingBoing readers a chance to show off their favorite exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the tourism pantheon. I'll be featuring posts in this series all week. Want to see them all? Check out the archive post. I'll update the full list there every morning.

Tom Ruginis took this photo in a men's restroom at the Science Museum Oklahoma. I spent an inordinate amount of time at this museum as a preteen, back when it was called the Omniplex (it shares a complex with an air and space museum, botanical gardens, a photography museum, and for some reason I was never able to fully understand ... a gymnastics hall of fame).

In case you can't read the sign, it says, "During your lifetime, you will make approximately 10,000 gallons of urine."


  1. Awesome! I remember when I was young, the Planetarium restrooms at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada featured a large diagram on space toilets facing the urinals (I believe the Womens had a similar pictoral near the sinks). I hope they’ve kept it; it was a great little easter egg to read while answering the call of nature.

  2. I still call it the Omniplex, but then again since I moved away to Texas, I didn’t know its name had changed. Such an odd combination of museums. Like the dresses of the First Ladies of the governors, the photography museum, that model railroad display, the air and space, the naval museum of dioramas , etc….

    1. Wasn’t there also, like, some ancient Chinese pottery tucked away in a random corner upstairs? I feel like I remember that, but there was so much at the Omniplex that I might be taking that room from another museum and mentally dropping it in there. 

  3. It will always be the Omniplex to me.  Glad to see love in the comments for the first lady dresses.  I always loved the earthquake simulators, mirror maze, and shadow room.  And the airplanes.  Ok, I love everything about the Omniplex.

  4. Is there a corresponding statistic like ‘during your life you will inadvertently drink 10 gallons of urine’?

  5. The gymnastics hall of fame is there because International Gymnast (the oldest magazine for gymnasts & gymnastics enthusiasts) is located in nearby Norman–residence of Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci.

  6. Oh man the Omniplex and zoo were the best things in OKC as a kid.  Anybody remember Enterprise Square, USA?  I even loved that too, although it was dedicated to right-wing capitalist greed :)

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